Go Ahead, Annoy People. Paul Did.

There's a lot of talk right now (as there always is) about moral values in the public square. There are those who think it's not "polite" to mix religion and politics and, worse, have a misguided understanding of the First Amendment and a supposed "wall of separation between Church and state." Whether politician or private person, in today's culture, we're just not supposed to talk about Christ. We're not supposed to lead others to Him. We're not supposed to help people understand right from wrong because, after all, there is no right or wrong — who are you to decide and judge? We've been shamed and intimidated. No one wants to annoy others. We all just want to get along, right?

Go ahead. Annoy them.

Pope Francis recently spoke about the importance of annoying people and illustrated it's appropriateness by highlighting the greatest annoyer of all, Saint Paul:

Paul is a nuisance: he is a man who, with his preaching, his work, his attitude irritates others, because testifying to Jesus Christ and the proclamation of Jesus Christ makes us uncomfortable, it threatens our comfort zones — even Christian comfort zones, right?

It irritates us. The Lord always wants us to move forward, forward, forward . . . not to take refuge in a quiet life or in cozy structures, no? ... And Paul, in preaching of the Lord, was a nuisance. But he had deep within him that most Christian of attitudes: Apostolic zeal.

There are backseat Christians, right? Those who are well mannered, who do everything well, but are unable to bring people to the Church through proclamation and Apostolic zeal. ... if we annoy people, blessed be the Lord.

Without Paul's dogged determination, would Christianity have ever been more than an isolated, peculiar sect? The modernists and secular progressives, no doubt, think and would hope so. In this age, instead, they are keen to suppress Judeo-Christian teachings of moral truths and prohibit their influence in public policy until, that is, they can nihilistically redefine them. Meanwhile, unfortunately, too many of us cower at the necessary confrontation of ideas.

But Paul never let discouragement from imprisonment, physical abuse or being ostracized detract him from the Truth because he knew not to continue meant he was as guilty as those who meant to suffocate the Word. So, go ahead. Annoy someone (politely) today . . . and tomorrow . . . and the next. Despite the current IRS headlines, you won't face the exacting civil punishments Paul did. You may make someone uncomfortable, but as long as you are not, you will get them to think. In the long run, everyone will be thankful.

Being a nuisance is not what the secularists want us to think it is. It is what God wants us to think it is. We know this because Paul was one.

Any More Proof Needed?

Is there any more proof needed that Christianity is the last "safe" institution to mock, belittle, ridicule or offend than this bilge from last weekend's Saturday Night Live?  Imagine if it produced a segment that similarly demeaned Islam — or even a so-called "civil rights" movement, such as homosexual marriage. Of course, SNL produced this piece precisely because it is foundational Christian principles that are the bulwark against the cultural decay of abortion, redefinition of marriage, the infringement of parental rights and the like. Warning: This video contains foul language and very offensive scenes.

Cultural rot celebrated: Saturday Night Live takes glee in offending millions of Christians in this heinous, sacrilegious video  

It is particularly mean in its intentional timing — the first weekend of Lent. One wonders where are those who preach tolerance? Or the people who never hesitate to lecture Christians for "forcing their views on everyone." Is this not a mammoth in-your-face-secularist-mud-pie, launched from the secular culture's most influential weapon — the mass (mainstream) media? Not only is no more proof necessary that Christianity is safe to offend (in fact, secularists believe it is good to offend Christians), there is no more proof needed on their double standard, either.

Just In Time For Christmas: Give The Gift Of Death!

That's right! Come one, come all, to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, step right up and get that gift for that special something for that special someone who has everything! Just in time for the "holiday" season — that most novel of gifts — the Planned Parenthood Gift Certificate! (See article, here.) Sound as bad as a carnival barker trying to sucker you into seeing the bearded lady? It is. But, sadly, this is real — and pretty sick: Planned Parenthood of Indiana is selling gift certificates for the Christmas gift-giving season. (See an editorial from The Washington Times).

The so-called not for profit organization which makes millions of dollars selling its abortion services as the nation's leading abortionists, which takes millions more in your state and federal tax money, now is in the gift certificate business.

For years the Christmas season has been hijacked and demeaned by commercialization and materialism; and a constant campaign to secularize the holiday (i.e. "holy day," per the word's origin) to strip any religious significance from it and our country's Christian heritage. This, however, is a low that flaunts Planned Parenthood's flagrant contempt for innocent life and Christianity itself. WorldNetDaily calls Planned Parenthood, "this generation's King Herod" (read here). Nothing says celebrate the birth of our Lord better than Get your discounted abortion here!

Even more crass is the organization's outright disingenuousness: Its spokeswoman says financial aid toward abortions isn't the purpose of the sale. Why, she says, even men can use them for prostate cancer check-ups. (Perfect for the newly unemployed!) Still . . . "We decided not to put restrictions" on their use, she said. Translation: They can be used for anything, but by the way, for your abortion convenience . . . . Know a woman you thing should abort her child? Buy a Planned Parenthood gift certificate. It makes the perfect gift!

Not only that, but the reporter at the conclusion of the video below reports that Planned Parenthood flat out hopes people buy them, then return them so the certificates can be applied to those "who need reproductive healthcare but can't pay for it."

Beyond poor taste even for Planned Parenthood, that translation is easy enough to discern: Buy an abortion for Christmas and give the gift of death.